Event Highlights & Key Learnings
When it comes to turning strategy into action and results, the traditional approach to leadership development lacks power and efficacy. But what is it, then, that makes a leader “great”? How do you find “great” leaders? What do “great” leaders do to set themselves and their companies apart?
Leaders from 37 world-class companies joined BTS in Chicago on June 25 and 26 to answer these questions, discuss leadership development and explore game-changing points of view that are redefining how organizations define, assess, experience and execute “great ” leadership.
Held at the Trump Hotel, with a dinner at the Shedd Aquarium, the event featured keynote presentations from senior executives at Gannett Broadcasting, Microsoft and Schindler, as well as insights from BTS senior leaders and interactive activities for all participants.
The conference focused on the following BTS and client sessions:
Disrupting Traditional Leadership Development
Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going
How do you define leader expectations? How do you identify your best leaders? How do you develop “great” leaders and how do you ensure “great” leadership on the job? Engaging in deep dialogue with leaders from Fortune 500 companies, we explored these critical questions, and with a front-row seat to our clients’ business goals, strategic priorities and culture, we shared our unique perspective.
Sitting at the intersection of consulting and training, we have seen some leadership initiatives that boom with great impact and many others that bust, and we’ve considered what works, what doesn’t, the lessons learned, and the unique approaches driving results. Through that experience, we have identified the common culprits behind why most leadership development initiatives fall short. More importantly, at the event, we shared a new approach to help companies and their leaders achieve great performance and great execution.
What traditional leadership development approaches are we disrupting along the way?
- End Goal: Moving from develop capabilities to accelerate time to readiness and high performance
- Target Audiences: Shifting from leader level to critical roles and levels
- Leader Expectations: Moving from leadership competencies and evolving to “great” mindset, behaviors and performance criteria
- Assessment: Shifting from subjective and based on individual points of view to objective observations of thinking and actions, relative to “great”
- Content: Moving from leadership-skills-centric to business-centric content: building strategy alignment and mindset and capability development in your context
- Process: Shifting from training programs and measuring success at the end, to a development experience and measuring successful execution
Leadership is relentlessly contextual. Leaders must be able to think, act, and engage with employees, partners, and customers better than anyone else. Pushing towards more powerful leadership development, we believe organizations should look to and honor pockets of “great” leadership skills and behaviors internally. And we know that when companies “Define, Assess, Experience and Execute Great,” they can move the mean on leadership performance and execution.
The Conference Take-Away
Following the client presentations on defining, assessing, experiencing, and executing “great,” the conference wrapped up with interactive crowd-sourced videos on the conference experience and a summary of the key learnings from the past two days. Such experiences are only as effective as the people in the room – we thank everybody who attended for making it a priority to collaborate, learn, and contribute to the development of your organization and colleagues.